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Elon Musk ponders creation of “TruthGPT” to rival ChatGPT

Steve Jurvetson from Los Altos, USA, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

During a recent interview, Tesla, SpaceX, and Twitter CEO Elon Musk pondered the creation of an alternative to OpenAI’s popular ChatGPT, which has reached mainstream use on the internet. Musk noted that his AI product would be dubbed “TruthGPT” and it would be designed for maximum truth-seeking. 

While conversing with Fox News‘ Tucker Carlson, Musk shared his criticism of OpenAI, the startup behind ChatGPT, stating that AI was being trained to lie. Musk also observed that OpenAI has now become a “closed source,” “for-profit” organization that’s far removed from the startup he once founded in the past. 

“I’m going to start something which I call TruthGPT or a maximum truth-seeking AI that tries to understand the nature of the universe. I think this might be the best path to safety, in the sense that an AI that cares about understanding the universe is unlikely to annihilate humans because we are an interesting part of the universe,” Musk mused. 

Musk admitted that while he is starting late, he would try to create a third option when it comes to mainstream artificial intelligence. 

Musk does seem to be serious about his intention to compete with OpenAI. Recent reports have suggested that Musk has been poaching AI researchers from Google. Last month, Musk also registered a new company dubbed X.AI Corp. incorporated in Nevada. Musk is listed as the sole director of the company, and Jared Birchall is listed as secretary. 

Musk has been pretty cautious about AI, noting during the interview with Carlson that he has always supported the regulation of artificial intelligence. The Twitter CEO was among a group of experts, for example, who recently called for a half-year pause on the development of systems that are more powerful than OpenAI’s GPT-4. Musk and his peers cited potential risks to society as a reason for the proposed pause. 

Watch Elon Musk’s interview with Fox News‘ Tucker Carlson in the video below.

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Elon Musk ponders creation of “TruthGPT” to rival ChatGPT
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